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Louis Armstrong Playing for Wife and the Sphinx in Egypt (1961)

Satchmo fans, this one’s for you: Louis Armstrong playing for his wife Lucille in Egypt, 1961. I wonder what the Sphinx thought of jazz … During the early days of the Cold War, the United States engaged in what was dubbed “Jazz Diplomacy.” The U. S. government helped arrange goodwill tours for noted jazz musicians [...]

Dietribes: Chili Weather

• Whether it came from the turn-of-the century prison system, the 1893 World’s Fair or the Chili Queens of San Antonio (or from traditional dishes prepared by Mexicans living in the Southwest), chili’s popularity has never slowed – today it carries the distinction (among many) of being the state dish of Texas, a cook-off classic, the [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Dave Brubeck

Legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck may be approaching his 90th birthday, but he still occasionally sits down at his piano for a crowd. Let’s take a look at five things you might not know about the Kennedy Center Honoree, jazz standards composer, and leader of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Image credit: Katie Falkenberg/The Washington Times 1. His [...]